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Golden Axe

Published 1990

Published by
SEGA of America, Inc.

Developed by
SEGA Enterprises Ltd.


Also For
Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Genesis, iPhone,
PlayStation 3, SEGA Master System, TurboGrafx CD, Wii, Windows,
WonderSwan Color, Xbox 360, ZX Spectrum


3rd-Person Perspective, Side-Scrolling

Arcade, Fantasy, Fighting

Golden Axe is an arcade beat-'em-up game that puts players in the shoes of one of three heroes, each with his own reason for trying to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder, who - along with his forces of darkness - kidnapped and imprisoned the King and his daughter and stole the legendary Golden Axe. This is a horizontal fighting game, where you basically take one of the three characters (the barbarian Ax Battler, a dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead or the amazon Tyris Flare) and bash everything which stands between you and Death Adder himself. The game allows to play up to two players on a same screen, however in the C64 version this option has not been implemented. C64 version was also stripped off in the other areas, such as: only one enemy can engage the player at a time or there are only two types of dragons instead of three.

From Original Entry

Identifier msdos_Golden_Axe_1990
Emulator dosbox
Emulator_ext zip
Emulator_start GoldenAx/gold.exe
Mediatype software
Scanner Internet Archive Python library 0.7.5
Year 1990
Publicdate 2014-12-28 09:54:28
Addeddate 2014-12-28 09:54:28
Date 1990
Creator SEGA Enterprises Ltd.
Backup_location ia905908_31


Reviewer: estellewilko2017 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2017
Reviewer: fran_martin - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 18, 2015
Subject: Great job!
Great job!
Reviewer: theadamesmith - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 13, 2015
Subject: Golden Axe - Game Info
Here are a few things I discovered:

Entering 1 - EGA 16 Colors: Faded color tonesand pixelated graphics, audio loads correctly.
Entering 2 - CGA 4 colors: Yellow/red/green graphics only, audio loads correctly.
Entering 3 - HGA: Video stays on the command prompt screen, game audio loads correctly.
Entering 4 - VGA 256 colors: Game video and audio loads correctly. Use this one.
Entering 5 - Tandy 16 colors: Clustered, unrecognizable graphics with pulsing blue and red characters.

Type any word to get through the password request page.

To change the control input use the down arrow key to navigate to Options. Hit Return. Go down to Player 1 Control or Player 2 Control and use the right arrow key to choose Keypad, Keyboard, Joystick 1, Joystick 2, or Mouse. Use the down arrow key to navigate to Exit and hit Return.

Keyboard allows you to rotate through the players using D and A. To select your player use the key S. Use the following keys to control your player in game:

W - Up
X - Down
A - Left
D - Right
S - Attack
Q - Diagonal (Up Left)
E - Diagonal (Up Right)
Z - Diagonal (Down Left)
C - Diagonal (Down Right)
Tab - Jump
Right Shift - Special Power
Tab + S - Jump Attack
Space Bar - Pause
Esc - Quit Option

Mouse will also allow you to control your players movements on a track pad by navigating left, right, up, and down with one finger.
Attack - Click the trackpad with one finger
Jump - Click the trackpad with two fingers
Right Shift - Special Power
Click with two fingers + click to the right with two fingers - Jump Attack
Slide one finger foward and click - Flying Jump Kick
Space Bar - Pause
Esc - Quit Option

Keypad would only allow cycling through the characters in the character selection screen with the arrow keys or \ key. No key would allow for character selection.

Joystick 1 & 2 allowed for no keys to work and characters freely rotated in the character selection screen.

Use right arrow key to switch between 1 Player and 2 Player on the top of the Main Menu list.

To increase your Life Meter go to Options and use the right arrow key to increase life from 3-5.

Special Powers:
Male Human Fighter - Fire Storm Barrage
Female Human Fighter - Fire Breathing Dragon
Dwarf Fighter - Three Lightening Bolts

Arcade: traditional style game play
Beginner: easier traditional style game play
Duel: player versus increasingly challenging enemies in strength, power, and number in a closed environment.

On the modern keyboard such a a Mac Book Pro, it is difficult to navigate the player and attack using the WDXA and S configuration along with Tab to jump and Right Shift to use a special power. Using the mouse as a control option had more utility and functionality.

It is important to square up directly in front of enemies so that attacks are landing.

The flying jump kick is effective in dismount enemies from creatures they are riding, and is also one of the more effective attack actions to use in general when execute properly.

I was able to inadvertently flying kick once using the keyboard but was unable to replicate it. Much easier to execute using the mouse control.
Reviewer: joe420 - - January 12, 2015
Subject: No numpad play?
Is there a way for those of us without numpads (laptops) to play Golden Axe? Cannot get past the character selection screen! :(
Reviewer: Berkan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 10, 2015
Subject: Controls
Go to options and choose keyboard for control. Once that done, here are the controls;

w - up
x - down
a - left
d - right
s - attack
tab - jump
right shift - special power

I remember playing this game with a childhood friend. We had to pause every 10 min for toilet break because we were getting afraid and excited...
Reviewer: starless72 - - January 9, 2015
Subject: Numeric keypad workaround for MacBooks
For MacBooks with no numeric keypads, you can assign keypad keycodes to other key combinations (e.g. fn+789uiojkl) using Karabiner:
Reviewer: lucygee - - January 9, 2015
Subject: macbook - no numeric keypad
Anyone got a workaround for macbooks not having a numeric keypad?
Reviewer: MEWALKE - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 9, 2015
Subject: Great throw back game!
Great game, brings back memories - although it was much better in the arcade.

For those of you complaining about not getting past the character selection screen, use the num pad insteadl. Arrow keys on numpad to rotate through the characters, and '5' on the numpad to select your character. Then use the numpad to play.
Reviewer: Dawnfirefeq - favorite - January 9, 2015
Subject: Disappointed
I wanted this game to work more than any, but the game won't get past the character selection screen.
Reviewer: tassoart - favorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: Was really excited to play this game but...
unfortunately there's no way to get past the character selection screen.
Reviewer: spankytwo - - January 8, 2015
Subject: A better PDF for Golden Axe for the words.

However as the reviewer below said this SHOULD help unless they like to change the address often.

Or Try.

The other link sends you to a website where I couldn't find the game manual.
Reviewer: zpoinx - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 7, 2015
Subject: How to get past DRM
Write absolutely anything. It'll accept it.
Reviewer: gcarbone - - January 7, 2015
Subject: Link for Golden Axe manual
To get answers to DRM questions, here is the link to a pdf version of the manual that worked for me
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